University of Southern California

Mark Soliman
Professor of Accounting

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, University of Michigan; MS, Seattle University; BS, California State Polytechnic University


Mark Soliman specializes in financial reporting information, trading strategies, capital markets, debt ratings voluntarily disclosure, especially non-GAAP earnings. He has held positions at The Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Foster School at the University of Washington where he was the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Outside of academia, he was vice president of accounting-based research at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago and consulted extensively for Renaissance Technologies, helping them to develop trading strategies for their hedge fund. Professor Soliman has published extensively in the top journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, The Review of Accounting Studies, Management Science and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature in 2009 along with the Best Paper award at several conferences. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and The Review of Accounting Studies. Professor Soliman is also a CPA in the state of California and Washington (inactive). He is also a triathlete recently completing the Ironman distance in Coeur D’Alene in 2015.


Soliman, M., Lundholm, R., and Koester, A. (2014) "Attracting attention in a limited attention world: An exploration of the forces behind large positive earnings surprises”," Management Science.
Soliman, M., Fischer, P., and Jennings, J. (2014) "Meeting, Beating and Bubbles,".
Soliman, M., Fedyk, T., and Singer, Z. (2014) "The Sharpest Tool in the Shed: An Examination of Financial Statement Management Tools during IPOs," The Accounting Review.
Soliman, M., Doyle, J. T., and Jennings, J. J. (2013) "Do Managers Define Non-GAAP Earnings to Meet or Beat Analyst Forecasts?," Journal of Accounting and Economics, 56 (1), 40-56.
Soliman, M. (2013) "Do alternative methods of reporting non-controlling interests really matter?," Australian Journal of Management, 38 (1), 7-30.